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[applause] >> and now, bc world news." rld newshis is "bbc america." reporting from washington, i am laura trevelyan. claiming victory even when the race is too close to call. both candidates in israel'el tion say they have won. taking her case to the key capitals, brain's prime minister tries to persuade european leaders to postpone brexit again.ai plus, awting the release of the mueller report. the attorney geral says he will let the public see it within a week.
lcome to our viewers on public television here in america and also arouneathe globe. y exit polling from israel's closely fought election shows that the rac is too close to call, but that has not stopped both main candidates fromcl ming victory. the latest numbers from israeli tv exit polls suggest the likud party of benjamin netanyahu and the blue and white alliance led by former army chief benny gantd are neck neck. knell reports from tel aviv. yolande: at the end of voting him the first prediction. this poll gives political newcomer benny gtz and narrow lead over the prime minister. both men have no claim to victory. benjamin netanyahu, who has corruption charges looming, has been fighting a tough campaign to win a fifth term in office. his main rival, benny gantz, has
won pular support with a strong military record and promises of change. some in israel vote along religious lines, others on key security.e in this poll there were more than 40 parties to choose from. the next prime minister will have to build and lead a coalition government. this election could reshape the political landscape. re voters, mr. nine yahoo! made a campaign pledge to make jewish deaf mr. netanyahu made a campaign pledge to make jewish said -- mr. netanyahu made a campaign pledge to make jewish ments in the west bank. israelisupermarket, made their election picks, expecting a new approach to solving a decades-old conflict. >> yes, it is very important who wins this election and who will bei handlolng thae
process. yolande: excitement among backersnt of benny ga when exit polls came through. but these have to be treated with caution among netanyahu supporters, there is still hope he will stay in power with help from smaller right-wing parties. this vote is seen as a referendum on his leadershi and a country that is deeply split. news, telell, bbc aviv. laura: for the latest we c cross live to our chief international correspondent lyse doucet, who is in jerusalem. both mr. netanyahu and mr. gantz are claiming victory tonight, but who is in the better position to form a government? lyse:eoe are doing the numbers. the magic is in the, numbet only which party has the greater number of votesve -- we will to wait until the morning to see whether that is the likud party of benjamin netanyahu or the
alliance of benny gantz, but people ask what is the best chance -- what is the political color of the broader political landscape. right now people are saying that perhaps benjamin netanyahu stanza better chance, and that is why he said in his first statement that it s a victory for him, but the right-wing bloc led by likud. but as is often the case in israelilections, we get projections when the polls close and things will be clear in the morning. no officials in the likud ays know we are a winner by the morning and the polls will confirm our ascendancy. there's a lot of different ways in which these numbers can add up in different ways, and the president of israel, who has the taskbe of deciding who shoul given the responsibility, the first shot at forming a government, will have a difficult task ahead of hi laura: lyse, how much could the election result in who emerges
as leader alter the future direction of israel? lyse: there was a lot of discussion before the end of polling day about how israel had in recent years been shifting to the right. the concern was whether it would shift to the far right in these elections. if the projections are correct, some of the new far right parties, described as homophobic,t, rac even condemned by parties in the united states and jewish organizations in the united states, it seems as though they have not cross threshold to enter the israeli parliament. on the other side of the political spectrum, it is being seen as the collapse of the traditional left. parties like the labour party, which used to produce the prime ministers of israel, is sliding further down, it seems according to these projections, in terms of strength in the parliament. the margin of the parties not
entering into the political fray , but it is coalescing around the centrists and right-wing parties. laura: lyse doucet, thank yo britain's prime minister has taken her case for a brexit extension to europe's most poweerul leaders. a may met with chancellor angela merkel of germany and frenchnt presi emmanuel macron. with days left until the u.k. set to leave the eu, she is trying to convince them to allow another delay to brexit. she will take the message to an eu summit tomorrow, as our political editor laura kuenssberg reports. usura k.: no one could acc the prime minister of not covering the ground, but clocking up the miles is not the same as convincing your idience. theresa may landberlin first to plead for morme for the normal red carpet was rather lonely today. ite prime minister had to for a welcome before the two leaders headed back outside for the usual snaps and smiles.
the mission, though, not just to ask for delay, but to give the answer why. >> we want to understand what the u.k. needs this extension for. >> there is a real eort to try to bring structure to brexit. we have had extraordinary division. >> we need clarity from the u.k. side. >> theresa may has arrived in berlin -- ura k.: the reason for the delay this time is to more space for talks to play out at home. those aren't government ministers on the march at whitehall. >> we're looking forward to hearing what they have to say. going to those dlacussions now. a k.: but labour's team, invited for negotiations. if the prime minister cannot get
her deal through parliament with tory votes, they could compromise to get labor numbers, too. there has not been fundamental shift in change of positionn the deal itself, but we are hopeful progress will be made and we are pushing in the coming days. sl both sides engaged seri on a number of issues and we are looking for a way forward. as you would expect, there are a number of areas ere we differ, t we are anxious to ensure that we can carry on with this. laura k.: but at least one cabinet minister might still rather the prime minister goes back to basics. >> what would be fantastic is if angela merkel would try to u support a prop. brexit by agreeing to reopen the withdrawal agreement. laura k.: number 10'official allies in northern ireland would like that, too, but itt happening, and they seem to be moving further away. >> it is rather humiliating that we are having to go beg so we can leave. it is nearly three years since the nation voted to leave the european uon, and we are now pleading to stay in so we can deal with matters that should beforeen dealt wi that.
laura k.: easy in hindsight, in any language. the j immob is here in paris, the prime minister to persuade the reluctant president that pressing pause on brexit will be worthwhile. but he is ju of 27 leaders who have to agree to a draft of an accord seen by the bbc tonight, which shows that the eu is poised to offer a delay to the u.k., but for how long? eight x's in the where the date should be. the crucial blank to be filled in tomorrow night. emmanuel macron has loeen theresa may's toughest eu customer. she is here to ask for help, let brexit wait. he and other eu leaders are not likely to refuse her, but the political costs of delay at home, it migiht come with strings attached. talk just a warm-up for the main event in brussels tomorrowr the ime minister has no doubt
learned on the painful journey, even neighbors can be friends and allies, but rivals, too. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, paris. laura t.: we will have full coverage of the crucial eu summit in brussels tomorrow on bbc world those. -- world news. please join us. in hong kong, nine pro-democracy activists have been found guilty of public nuisance in organizing protests against the so-called umbrella movement in 24. among them are lears in the three pro-democracy movement. they face seven years in prison. man rights groups h called the case an attack oesfreedom of exsion. sudan's president omar al-bashir is staying put despite calls for his resignation. oyforces l to the president opened fire on protesters, who n have beemonstrating for months against his presidency. the vice president warned that we army would not tolerate
security lapses thld tip the country into chaos. president trump has threatened ll impose tariffs on $11 n worth of eu imports in response to european subsidies or president trump said the eu has taken advantage of the u.s. on trade for many years, but that wouldoon stop. s are among the ods considered for additional tariffs. the u.s. attorney general faced lawmakers on capitol hill today. william barr's appearance was to discuss the justice department's budget, ostensibly, but members of congress were more interested in grilling him on the mueller rert. he promised to release a reda report soon.f the full he alsol said speciaprosecutor bob mueller did not review a draft of the report mr. barr released atty. gen. barr: mr. mueller's
team did not play a role in drafting that document. in a week i will be in a position to release the report to the public and then i will engage with the chairmen of boto judiciarittees about that report.on icura: for morhe attorney generals testimonyerg a brief time ago with jonathan turley, law professor at george a bbcgton university and legal analyst. within a week we will see this redacted, color-coded version of the mueller report. how much will the public learn from it? jonathani think they are going to learn a lot, and we are hearing that report could come as early as thursday night or friday of this week. this is much-anticipated. for democrats, they are really hoping to see in that report a basis particularly for obstruction. ey have pretty much given up the ghost on collusion, but on obstruction, they are hoping they can pointo something that uld keep these criticisms alive of president trump. i expect they are going to find it. i expect going to have damaging material
that will make it to the public. but for the democrats, there is a sense of desperation in this hearing. this is sort of like watching "star wars" and the death star doesn't blow up, they just miss. so far nothing has happened. there was no basis for an indictment as mentioned in the letter or summary. the attorney general today said mueller is helping me on the redactions, which defuses that line of criticism. wait will have to for the report. but i think the report will have damaging material in it. laura: well, as you saw today, the attorney general would notbe rawn on why mueller wouldn't exonerate the president on obstruction of justice. how key is that section going to be? jonathan: it is going to be ver. i don't blame him at all. u u don't want to start talking about reports yohaven't released. he says he will release as much of the report as possible and
you can reach your own conclusions. atyway you turn, it has got to have damaging infoion in it. we know publicly already that some of the things the president has done -- he crossed a lot of lines that prior presidents had not crossed. he spoke directly to the fbi director immediately on coming into office about the investigation. that is sothing the presidents have always avoided. believe it or not, the united states president historically has avoided one-on-one meetings with the fbi director. they want to separate the political part of the u.s. ntgovernrom the nonpolitical. those types of walls were takenn mmediately by trump. i think you are going to see a lot of those instances where people look at it and go, wow, thatas inappropriate. but being inappropriate does not mean it is felonious. clearly the view of the justice department is that there is not evidence of actual criminal conduct here. this is going to be the differce between what the
president calls exoneration and what most of us would consider exoneratio exoneration for a president is not "am i a felon." most of us hold presidts to a higher standard. laura: indeed. report isi doubt this going to be exonerating. laura: jonathan, democrats have not yet issued a subpoena so they can get the full mueller. repo they have one waiting. do you tjonk they will? than: i don't know, because i thought it was a bit silly to start threatening a subpoena eken someone says they will give you a report in a they are likely to lose in a fight with the executive branch if they are trying to sweep the table and get an unred report public. i'n'm not sure they would getting the grand jury information. that might be more show than reality. but i think ey have to wait for the report. i think bill barr is probably going to do what he says.
he is trying to release as much as possible and what he is going to redact will likely have the support of the special counsel. laura: jonathan turley, thank you so much for joining us.jo nathan: thank you. laura: you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program, p streets of algiers again after the choice of an interim pres a british student who made hundreds of thousands, possibly millions of dollars by blackmailing users of porn websites has been jailed. he used computer skills to force people to pay a fine or risk being exposed as users of internet porn. reporter: cashing out in a london casino, this is one of the u.k.'sro wasfic and
wealthy cyber criminals. fake adverts on porn websites, and as users click on them, the computers locked up with fake warnings. users coulday a small fine to get the computer back. thousands did so out of fear that their habit would be exposed. the naonal crime agency said he hit millions of computer users with the help of a russian gang. >> probably the most significant cybercrime offender that the national crime agency has investigated. reporter: why is that? >> the sheer volume and the complexity of the actions he has undertaken and tle number of pee has connected with worldwide and the complexity of thewa m he deployed and the success of the operation. he had stalled himself of the internet, a
caused untold damage around the world. ahe showed no remor drag out his prosecution and great public expense. he was companies he exploited raised the alarm. key his conviction was these edrofitsus logs of his discovy detectives. 7000 pounds were traced out of an estimated 4 million, and if he doesn't disclose where the re went, he faces even longer in jail. new protests have broken out in algeria aer an interim leader was appointed to replace president abdelaziz bouteflika, who was forced to resign last week. today's news that one of the former president's close colleagues, abdelkader bensalah,
had been named interim president further enraged protesters. our correspondent orla guerin reports from the capital, algiers. orla: new tension on the streets of algiers. a change in the air after weeks of peaceful mass protests. young revolutionaries facing down the police, who tried to ban this demonstration. but thest proers gathered anyway. they won't be swept away easily. landscape has changed what's missing is fear. the security presence has been building here. for the last half an hour or so we have had to guess and water cannons being used-- tear gas and water cannons being used. thorities are trying to control what is happening on the streets to stop the protests. old habits die hard, but the demonstrators say it is too late for that.
young population has found its voice. another generation in the arab world trying to break with the past. i've ever lived in such interesting times, but i'm very grateful and very happy i got to witness this a got to be part of it and contribute do it. now: do you feel free >> i am getting closer to my freedom, orla: having seen off algieria's veteran leader, abdelaziz bouteflika,li they e he can remove his allies and cronies. >> is going to be complicated. it is going to take some time. it is probably going to take a long time, but it is going to happen sooner or later. orla: cut across town, parliamentarians gathered for what looks like a rerun o the htanding in as president,
abdelkader bensa, a bouteflika loyalist from the ld this former prime minister told me his appointment sends the provocation that hurts the dignity of the nation. it is not a good sn, but i'm sure the only way forward is to listen to the people. orlail: they wbe back on the streets again in friday, and insist they will follow the same path as syria or libya, wherepe s for change ended in chaos and bloodshed. orla guerin, bbc news, algiers. laura: turning to venezuela, where the political crisis means public services are on the brink of collapse. brazil's president sas. he is working with the government to sow dissent within venezuela's army asu break their ort for nicolas maduro. as will grant reports, the political limbo is having a
n impact on people's lives. will: the word has gone round that some in the shantytown have running water. soon the entire communitis out gathering it regardless of age or strength. the water that comns in is not coered fit for human consumption. hot, thursday, and desperate, nythough, say they have no other choice. ehey don't know how long ps will stay on. others have resorted to washinga in conminated springwater. children cooling off in filthy pools despite the health risks. hiriah says that if she could, she would only usewater for washing clothes but the crisis has been so bad that she has cooked food with it and even drunk it. community leaders are warning a public health cris is on the dry,as the open sewers run
exposing them to disease. >> the water here isn't fit for drinking. so far the consequences here have just been isolated cases, but we know that at any time, an epidemic is coming. will: in this particular shantytown, these scenes are no thing new. parts of it had been withoutnn g water for over a year now. now it is happening across venezuela every single day, as the provision of basic services collapses. opposition leader juan guaido wants people to stay angry about that, for his supporters to keep up the momentum in the streets until the government is forced from power. but as the days turn to weeks, many are too concerned with food anwater to protest. and that suits president maduro. each day that passes is another in which he is still in office. washington insists his time is running out, and that the latest sanctions will soon be felt. outside caracas, what is
currently being fe is the government's 30-day plan of electricity rationing. the lights went out for a fourth consecutive day. a bar popular with government loyalists, kept open by a generator, people treatedem thlves to a much-needed after-work drink. when asked what is behind the crisis, they echo the party line. >> we are being excluded and o nished because we are not a servile governments. interests. >> if a change comes, it must be for beer, not for worse, not to allow the opposition to take everything whave built over many years. will: whether it is lack of electricity or water, peop are anxious for some kind of normality to return. for now, life in venezuela limps along, no one sure when the next big moment of collapse will come. will grant, bbc news, caras.
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